‘Magoha knew I would be his wife month after we met’ – widow reveals

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On Wed, 1 Feb, 2023 11:57 | 2 mins read
Magoha knew I would be his wife a month after we met - Barbara reveals
Late former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha's widow Barbara Odudu Magoha. PHOTO/Courtesy

Late former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha's widow Barbara Odudu Magoha has disclosed how their marriage came to be.

Speaking at their Lavington home on Tuesday, January 31 when former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Margaret Kenyatta visited them, Barbara revealed that Magoha knew he would marry her a month after their first meeting and he informed her.

That, she said birthed their first disagreement.

"Exactly one month after we met he started telling people we are going to get married and that was the first time we had a quarrel," she said.

The two later got married and she became pregnant shortly after.

While explaining that her pregnancy journey with their only son was challenging, she said Magoha was her biggest support system.

"When I got pregnant, I was between life and death because of blood pressure. He would squeeze me two litres of fruit juice every morning," she added.

Barbara who is a Nigerian further said she chose the former CS over her country's men as he was a loyal family man.

"So many people asked me why I left Nigerians. He was unique, he had a caring attitude which I never saw anywhere, he was loyal, if he told me he would see me at 2 o'clock, he would show up at that time," she said. 


"During our argument, I would say I had a headache. He would stop arguing and take care of me saying what we were arguing about was over."

Further, she disclosed that the family had its toughest period during the Covid-19 pandemic due to the nature of their jobs.

She said her family was exposed to the virus as they are all medical practitioners. 

"I told him if this is the way you were meant to go, then you will go. We had to take the risk. As much as he was not practising medicine, my son, and my daughter-in-law were all exposed. We were like if it happens, it happens, but we must soldier on," she noted. 

Magoha who died on Tuesday, January 24 after suffering a cardiac arrest will be buried in his home village in Siaya on February 11.

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